Massage therapy in Ontario is a growing and dynamic profession. Ontario’s Massage Therapists are primarily self-employed health professionals, working in a variety of settings from Massage Therapy clinics and chiropractic offices, to private practice, rehabilitation centres, health spas, fitness clubs, long-term care facilities, community health clinics and hospitals. Combining orthopaedic and neurological testing, soft tissue manipulation (Swedish and other massage techniques), hydrotherapy, remedial exercise and client education programmes, they assess and treat a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and chronic conditions and contribute to maintaining the optimal health and wellness of their clients.
To practise Massage Therapy in Ontario, you must first obtain a Certificate of Registration from the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Only those registered with the College may use the protected titles “Registered Massage Therapist” (RMT) or “Massage Therapist” (MT). Note – Both titles are equivalent and mean that the holder of the title is a Registrant of the College.
Ontario’s Registered Massage Therapists are charged with upholding the competency standards of the profession as set out by the College. Competency standards refer to the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for competent practice of Massage Therapy in Ontario. The College has created a Competency Standards document which provides a clear understanding of the competencies required of a Massage Therapist in three key areas – health science, professional development and clinical science. Those wishing to practise Massage Therapy in Ontario should read the Competency Standards document and use it as a tool to identify areas requiring further development and training, and to create a personal development plan to ensure they meet today’s evolving professional standards.